Virginia, Michigan And California Educators Receive 2017 Women In School Leadership Awards


James Minichello
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2017 women in school leadership award
New Orleans – March 3, 2017 – As part of its mission, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, works to increase the number of females in leadership roles. AASA is pleased to announce the 2017 Women in School Leadership Awards at its National Conference on Education in New Orleans.

AASA recently added a new awards category—the School Based Award—for aspiring female leaders in public schools. This year’s honoree is Kristin Shymoniak, lead special education teacher at Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Va. With this new awards category, AASA can now recognize the leadership skills of talented teachers, coaches and other school-based employees seeking leadership positions.

Other Women in School Leadership honorees include:


  • Superintendent Award: Yvonne Caamal Canul, superintendent of Lansing School District in Lansing, Mich.
  • Central Office/Principal Award: Lisette Estrella-Henderson, associate superintendent, student programs and educational services, Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield, Calif.

The awards were sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and AASA. Each honoree received $1,000 and a one-year membership to AASA. The awards continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring exceptional female superintendents, district-level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary. 

Read the full press release for more information.

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